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History Creator / DavidLetterman

17th May '16 9:58:39 PM Nylsa
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* ChannelHop[=/=]ExecutiveMeddling: Pissed that NBC execs picked Jay Leno over him to host ''Tonight'', Letterman took his show to CBS, where he had to make a few changes for the 11:30 slot that seemed minor at first but ultimately ended his peak until NBC's Jay-vs-Conan meltdown in 2009.
** Carson himself never forgave NBC for picking Leno over Letterman, as he always thought that Letterman was the best choice to succeed him. As such, whenever Carson got an idea for a joke while in his retirement, he would send them to Letterman instead of Leno. And [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E9i6A6LGwa4 Carson himself showed up on-air]], the applause was ''deafening''. Both men were clearly overwhelmed by it.



* GuestHost: Letterman became famous as Johnny Carson's guest host on ''Series/TheTonightShow''. Much later in his career, Letterman would have heart surgery and a bout with shingles that led to famous guest hosts for his show, like Regis Philbin, Creator/BruceWillis, Creator/BillCosby, Creator/WillFerrell, Creator/JimmyFallon, Music/ElvisCostello, Creator/AdamSandler, Tom Green, Megan Mullaly, Vince Vaughn, and BonnieHunt.

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* GuestHost: Letterman became famous as Johnny Carson's guest host on ''Series/TheTonightShow''. Much later in his career, Letterman would have heart surgery and a bout with shingles that led to famous guest hosts for his show, like Regis Philbin, Creator/BruceWillis, Creator/BillCosby, Creator/WillFerrell, Creator/JimmyFallon, Music/ElvisCostello, Creator/AdamSandler, Tom Green, Megan Mullaly, Vince Vaughn, and BonnieHunt.Bonnie Hunt.



* OrphanedPunchLine: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sNn60k4N9rU This clip]] from a 1985 episode has guest JohnnyCarson delivering the punchline to a joke that he'd started on ''Series/TheTonightShow'' earlier that night: "And the man says to Mrs. O'Hara, 'I'm not so sure about that, he got out three times to go to the bathroom'." [[note]] The first part of the joke -- A man knocks on the door of Mrs. O'Hara and says, "I'm sorry to be the one to tell you, but your husband died today after falling into a vat of beer." Mrs. O'Hara says, "Oh no! Well...at least he died quickly." [[/note]]

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* OrphanedPunchLine: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sNn60k4N9rU This clip]] from a 1985 episode has guest JohnnyCarson Johnny Carson delivering the punchline to a joke that he'd started on ''Series/TheTonightShow'' earlier that night: "And the man says to Mrs. O'Hara, 'I'm not so sure about that, he got out three times to go to the bathroom'." [[note]] The first part of the joke -- A man knocks on the door of Mrs. O'Hara and says, "I'm sorry to be the one to tell you, but your husband died today after falling into a vat of beer." Mrs. O'Hara says, "Oh no! Well...at least he died quickly." [[/note]]
14th May '16 7:35:53 AM wyattte
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* FreakOut: Craig Nicholls from The Vines had a ''massive'' one during a 2003 appearance, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xBKm966ACdQ and created some incredibly uncomfortable television]] in the process. Even ''Dave'' couldn't play that one off. [[note]]It later turned out Nicholls has UsefulNotes/AspergerSyndrome.[[/note]]

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* FreakOut: Dave was witness to Craig Nicholls from The Vines had a ''massive'' Music/TheVines having one of the biggest freak-outs ever during a 2003 appearance, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xBKm966ACdQ and created creating some incredibly uncomfortable television]] in the process. Even ''Dave'' couldn't play that one off. [[note]]It later turned out Nicholls has UsefulNotes/AspergerSyndrome.[[/note]]
19th Feb '16 10:45:45 AM Pren
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* UnfortunateNames: For a month in 1995, Dave was absolutely obsessed with a man from Saskatchewan named Dick Assman. Yes, you read that right.

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* UnfortunateNames: For a month in 1995, Dave was absolutely obsessed with a man from Saskatchewan named Dick Assman. Yes, you read that right. He eventually even got the guy on the phone, first talking to his business partner before saying "I'd love to keep talking to you, but your name isn't silly enough."
6th Jan '16 10:38:33 PM Doug86
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* ComicBooks: Bizarrely, Letterman was in an issue of ''Comicbook/TheAvengers'' in 1984. A parody version of Letterman ("David Endochrine") was murdered (along with his audience) by SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker in FrankMiller's ''ComicBook/TheDarkKnightReturns''.

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* ComicBooks: Bizarrely, Letterman was in an issue of ''Comicbook/TheAvengers'' in 1984. A parody version of Letterman ("David Endochrine") was murdered (along with his audience) by SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker in FrankMiller's Creator/FrankMiller's ''ComicBook/TheDarkKnightReturns''.
29th Nov '15 11:28:50 PM bombadil211
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He dropped random things off roofs, he blew random things up on-air, he staged impromptu audience competitions (in addition to showcasing Stupid Pet, and Human, Tricks), he used "viewer mail" segments as an excuse to break into various non sequitur-style sketches, he did stunts in a variety of ridiculous suits (made of velcro, tortilla chips, etc.), and essentially offered a biting parody of the [[HorribleHollywood Hollywood machine]] from the perspective of a Midwestern "everyman" who somehow found himself [[OnlySaneMan trapped inside the establishment]] at the height of its decadence.

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He dropped random things off roofs, he blew random things up on-air, he staged impromptu audience competitions (in addition to showcasing Stupid Pet, and Human, Tricks), he used "viewer mail" segments as an excuse to break into various non sequitur-style sketches, he once did an entire episode with mannequin stand-ins and prerecorded audio, he did stunts in a variety of ridiculous suits (made of velcro, tortilla chips, etc.), and essentially offered a biting parody of the [[HorribleHollywood Hollywood machine]] from the perspective of a Midwestern "everyman" who somehow found himself [[OnlySaneMan trapped inside the establishment]] at the height of its decadence.
8th Oct '15 9:54:23 PM Premonition45
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In April 2014, shortly before his 67th birthday, having spent close to half his life doing the show, Letterman announced he would be retiring. A week later, CBS announced his successor would be Creator/StephenColbert, who will begin [[Series/TheLateShowWithStephenColbert his run]] in September 2015. David Letterman taped his 6,028th and final late night program on May 20, 2015.

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In April 2014, shortly before his 67th birthday, having spent close to half his life doing the show, Letterman announced he would be retiring. A week later, CBS announced his successor would be Creator/StephenColbert, who will begin began [[Series/TheLateShowWithStephenColbert his run]] in on September 8, 2015. David Letterman taped his 6,028th and final late night program on May 20, 2015.
28th Sep '15 8:08:41 AM kyeo
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** Constant reference to his unruly hair, often pretending it was actually a wig.
9th Sep '15 12:22:16 PM dknights411
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In April 2014, shortly before his 67th birthday, having spent close to half his life doing the show, Letterman announced he would be retiring. A week later, CBS announced his successor would be Creator/StephenColbert, who will begin his run in September 2015. David Letterman taped his 6,028th and final late night program on May 20, 2015.

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In April 2014, shortly before his 67th birthday, having spent close to half his life doing the show, Letterman announced he would be retiring. A week later, CBS announced his successor would be Creator/StephenColbert, who will begin [[Series/TheLateShowWithStephenColbert his run run]] in September 2015. David Letterman taped his 6,028th and final late night program on May 20, 2015.
20th Jul '15 5:30:02 PM Ezclee4050
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* EarlyBirdCameo: His network television debut was [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UU-PDAQWcXg as a pit reporter]] at the Indianapolis 500 in 1971.
1st Jun '15 10:48:08 PM Mdumas43073
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** Calvert DeForest's memorable bit welcoming passengers at the Port Authority Bus Terminal must have given this effect to the confused passengers he met.

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** Calvert DeForest's [=DeForest=]'s memorable bit welcoming passengers at the Port Authority Bus Terminal must have given this effect to the confused passengers he met.
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